…with Rebecca Strong
The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…
This week, let’s give a big hand to Rebecca Strong, whose daring first novel has— it— well, I’m a little nervous talking about it, actually…
Hi, Rebecca, tell us “all” about yourself.
Born in the USSR, left before they could “get” me. Now I write incessantly about a country that no longer exists to get at myself.
What is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, because “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” is the best phrase ever to make people feel good!
Something tells me that Paulo Coelho and I will never see eye to eye… What was your first published work?
Mistaken Identity, an essay appearing in the anthology Illuminations: Expressions of Personal Spiritual Experience. It was published alongside Marianne Williamson, Desmond Tutu, and Julia Cameron.
What is the best thing you’ve never had published?
Imagining Argentina, about my great-grandmother being left behind as a child when her entire family fled Russia for a new life. Still submitting, still persisting.
What are you most proud of – in your life, not just your writing?
My daughter. Eating 100g containers of raspberries all by myself. My dog—mostly because he gives zero fucks. Giving zero fucks myself when circumstances demand.
Fuck yeah. Or rather, not. So, tell us about your latest work – novel, short story, shopping list, whatever.
I organized my ideas into one convenient list… but my comedic espionage novel Who is Mr. Plutin? just came out (and has driven me underground).
Pitch us your unwritten masterpiece – you’re in the Hollywood elevator now…
Sorry, cannot. It’s under lock and key in my house, waiting for the real pitch session to happen.
Oh dear… denying me an answer here has a dangerous precedent. Well, if only one person was to ever read your work, who would you want it to be?
Depends on the work, but Steven Spielberg would be nice. Because of the movie potential, obviously.
What are your plans for the future – all of it?
To become a best-selling author, make a movie and win an Oscar. Oh, and to buy some more raspberries.
Okay, my thanks to Rebecca for not buckling under the pressure! You can find out more about her at Rebecca-Strong.com, and maybe she’ll return one day, more under relaxed circumstances…
…authors don’t wanna mess with ME — if they don’t give me an elevator pitch, I have the internet randomly generate one on their behalf. So keep your eyes peeled for Rebecca Strong’s next release, best summed up by the question:
What if [a guiltless] [correspondent] with [eye-liner] and [hydrogen] had to [ferociously] [distribute] [a drawbridge] that was [wrinkled] to save the world?
All the hydrogen in the world won’t stop that novel sinking like a lead balloon…